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All of the buildings shown here are either houses or of an equivalent domestic scale, except the Crannog which, strictly speaking, was a communal dwelling and is at a scale more akin to the public buildings shown elsewhere.

Whilst the first two examples use roundpole only in their primary structure, the Crannog and Experimental House at Hooke Park use roundpole for almost all of the structural elements including sub-structure, floors, walls, roofs and bracing. The log cabin is shown principally for interest as the use of poles has been excluded from this particular research topic.

While there is much about the Crannog which is no longer replicable, it’s structural use of roundpole is impressive and some of the details and techniques employed are instructive.

Bernard's House
(source: Gaia)
All timber construction sourced from the forest around, using roundpole as the primary structure.
Private Office,
(source: Gaia)
Straw Bale walls with roundpole primary structure. Built from local materials. Very low budget experimental building.


The Crannog, Loch Tay
(source: Reforesting Scotland
Built on Alder ‘pillotti’ over the water, this reconstruction of a pre-medieval dwelling also features a thatched roundpole roof structure.
Hooke Park,
Experimental House

(source: Gaia)
The first building at Hooke Park used roundpole mainly in tension, connected at the ends with resin and braced with cables in a daring experimental design.
Log Cabin
(source: Reforesting Scotland
Basic Log construction, shown here, and it’s more refined derivatives are not part of the research undertaken. They can be seen as fairly intensive uses of timber but can provide pleasant spaces as shown.